August 27, 2003
A Turtle on a Fencepost Didnít Get There by Himself

In todayís column, Maureen Dowd tears George W. Bush a new fundamental orifice. I suppose we should welcome all the help we can get, but I hope Ms. Dowd remembers that the last time she tore a similar opening the victim was Al Gore.

She did it by attacking him viciously throughout the 2000 campaign on grounds of character, integrity, truthfulness, and falsification of his past. Most of these charges were based on lies from the Bush campaign ó lies discredited by many journalists almost as soon as they were spread.

But Ms. Dowd chose to ignore the truth about Al Gore then. It is cold comfort ó but still some comfort ó that she is now telling the truth about the man she did her best to boost into the White House.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at August 27, 2003 01:23 PM
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She's got a shit load of pennance to do.

Posted by: JohnC on August 27, 2003 11:23 PM

Isn't she just attacking in a fair and balanced way? Equal opportunity savaging, etc.

Posted by: C. Maoxian on August 28, 2003 3:40 AM

I lost all respect for Dowd when she wrote a column attacking Clinton for a joke he told on her at the Gridiron Club.

Shortly after Bill Clinton's dog Buddy was neutered, Bill Clinton as part of a humorous speech read a mock table of contents for the New York times, including a story by Maureen Dowd entitled, "Buddy Got What He Deserved." Mildly amusing, and pretty tame coming from a guy Big Mo had been relentlessly and viciously attacking for various reasons. Not according to Maureen. Her reaction:

"Call me touchy. But didn't the President describe me as a castrating word-that-rhymes-with-rich? He did it in a joking way .... But as Freud noted, humor is simply hostility masquerading as wit. ... when a man kids a woman for being castrating, it is never more than half a
joke. It's discouraging. Can men and women ever meet in a place that's not about sex?"

This after Maureen Dowd had just wasted the better part of six years of her professional life attacking Clinton about sex, and despite the fact that though he was a failure as president for many reasons, in one area Bill Clinton was an unqualified success: he was the best friend women have ever had in the White House.

Dowd is a classic Irish bully: she can dish it out, but she can't take it.

Posted by: No. 2 on August 28, 2003 4:37 PM
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